Tag Archives: Don Kluting
Harrigan Centennial Hall was re-opened this afternoon (Wed 5-20-15), after an asbestos scare forced an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting said a gray substance was found on spare door and a sample sent to a lab in Washington state, with negative results.
When search and rescue responded to a call on Harbor Mountain last Friday, the mission marked the end of an era: it was the final outing for Don Kluting, who served as Sitka’s search captain for two decades. Kluting resigned last week, after the city decided to move SAR back into the Fire Department.
Two crewmen were rescued safely after their troller ran aground in heavy seas in Sitka Sound early this morning (Mon 4-21-14). The 52-foot steel-hulled troller Mirage radioed a distress call at about 3:30 AM. The boat had gone aground on the southern shore of Low Island, in surf and strong southerly winds.
Every year Sitka has its share of maritime emergencies and remote rescue operations. Last December, for example, two hunters were seriously injured in Salisbury Sound when their boat slammed into a cliff in the narrows. And while that and other events often make headlines, you don’t often hear about the state-of-the-art Emergency Response Vessel Sitka has available to render aid. That’s because, in many cases, the $200,000 boat has remained tied up at the dock.
Cdr. Pete Melnick, Air Station Sitka, and Sitka Mountain Rescue captain Don Kluting discuss some simple ideas for outdoor safety, whether you're planning a major hike or an afternoon walk.
Two Sitka hunters sustained serious injuries Tuesday evening (12-17-13), after their boat struck a cliff in Kakul Narrows, about 25 miles north of town. 34-year old Nick Galanin is being treated for spinal fractures at SEARHC's Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. 37-year old Mitch McGraw was medevacked to Seattle.
Teams are searching for 19-year-old Scott Falzerano, who was last seen on Monday morning at home in Sitka’s Indian River neighborhood. His family reported him missing on Tuesday morning.